Explained why do football players avoid walking on the rival team’s club crest

Explained why do football players avoid walking on the rival team’s club crest

Over the past few years, football fans have seen the sight of several of their player refusing to walk on their opponent team’s club crest while stepping on the pitch, find out the reason behind it below

Instead of stepping on club crests, several football stars have been seen walking around them on the pitch.

Explained why do football players avoid walking on their rival team’s club crest

Most notably, Uruguayan star Luis Suarez prevented his Atletico teammates from walking on the mosaic of Man City’s club crest during a training session.

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Player who refused to step on club crests

Several star players over the years have refused to step on club crests and instead opted to walk around them. During a match involving Real Madrid, Brazilian star Vinicius Jr. avoided walking over his club crest while pursuing a ball that had gone out of the pitch. Instead of walking over it, the Brazilian star chose to jump over it by performing a large hop.

The youngster promptly shared about the act in the past, saying:

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You kiss Madrid’s badge, you don’t step on it.”

Meanwhile, fellow Brazilian Dani Alves was seen stopping his younger teammates from stepping on the club emblem during a pre-match warm-up on the side of the field. Back when Haaland was at Borussia Dortmund, he avoided stepping on a mosaic of Manchester City’s club’s crest during a match.

Reason behind players refusing to step on club’s crest

Notably, the act of refusing to walk on a team’s club crest has become more of a courteous gesture at present. Most players, when asked, have done it mostly as a sign of respect towards their or another football club. However, it is technically not considered wrong to walk on the team’s crest.

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If a player does so, it does not even signify disregard or mockery. It simply boils down to personal choice and how certain players feel about it. For example, during a match between Manchester City and Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez dodged City’s crest just before kick-off.  However, his teammate Antoine Griezmann had no problem doing it and simply walked over it with a hilarious stroll.

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